"Go away," she objected weakly, but he didn't. The heat and weight of his body came down to cover hers and she arched into him. His lips were on her neck, trailing up until they were grazing the shell of her ear.
"My Alina," he rasped. "Always so soft and pliant for me."
She wanted to call him a liar, but it was useless when her hands in his hair and her parting thighs were evidence enough of the truth of his words.
Or, Darkles visits Alina through their tether, but gets cockblocked by Mal, leaving him frustrated in more than one way. He uses an Alkemi named Roksana to help him deal with his frustrations, but he still can't stop thinking about his Alina.
“Did you really think I wouldn’t catch up to you?”
Nikolai had rubbed off on her, because Karina’s first response was, Well, there are three of us and one of you, so yes, I did like our odds. But one of them was currently injured - not fatally, Saints knew the Darkling would never actually kill anything he considered his - but enough that the chances of all of them escaping were very slim. And really, Alina was the only one of them who stood a chance at getting the upper hand in a fight, especially with Mal grasping one of her hands. Karina was far better suited at Healing than Heartrending.
And the Darkling knew it. The night’s shadows grew darker, answering his call, tendrils licking towards the trio but staying just out of reach.
Maybe, if it had just been the Darkling, they would have risked it. Alina could certainly hold her own while Karina quickly healed Mal, and Mal’s status as a living amplifier would just help make Alina that much stronger. The Shadow Summoner knew better, however, and from the corner of her eyes Karina could spot different Grisha lurking within the treeline, their kefta’s the only colors in the bleak winter forest. Obviously he had no qualms about using a Heartrender against them as long as it wasn’t fatal - the drying trickle of blood from Mal’s mouth was proof enough.
They were well and truly caught. If - when - they got out of this situation, Nikolai was going to be intolerable with his ‘I told you so’.
- ‘of bastards and saints’ / ‘of saints and bastards’ excerpt (maybe)
this potential fic is rapidly becoming extremely canon divergent even without the malarklina + oc content; lord help me when I read the kos duology
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Let's say TGT books are adult and not controled by a purity police. Do you think Alina and Aleks(mainly witch s&b characterization) would have it in them to explore their physical attraction even when enemies? Stay emotionally detached? Or would that make them softer and more likely to be unable to hurt the other? Bring them closet, make Alina listen?
Enemies with Benefits! I like your thinking, anon. A canny romance writer would definitely introduce elements of hate sex into the dynamic, and it would be fantastic.
For a serious answer, it just depends on how much adult!TGT would retain the Darkling’s villainous retcon characterization instead of going the morally grey route. If he is truly morally grey, then the sex could represent an extension of that needed dialogue. Can the Darkling curb his extremism and can Alina understand the dire, centuries-old plight of the Grisha? Can they bargain for what each other need? They come together not only physically, but emotionally and ideologically. No doubt the adult!TGT would have something else uniting them, like the jurda parem or an extremism group and making them realize they ultimately share the same goal. Perhaps Alina would learn it’s a mistake to ally herself with the monarchy. Perhaps the Darkling would realize that a media via does exist, and you can bridge the gap between the otkazat’sya and Grisha. Sex would be their communication, their acknowledgement of each other’s point of view.
Furious with his son's disobedience and years of running off over and over again, Black Doom decides to punish Shadow by possessing him with Doom's Eye through the Hive Mind and forcing him to act as Prince of the Black Arms should. This version of Shadow is most dangerous of all, do not approach.